Origami Dragon Plays Ro Sham Bo

..

Paper’s all it takes
to mark that first

spark, stretch it to
a quiet, un-scissored

sky. Ask her why
she holds her breath,

she’ll tell you the day
is too long for all this

rocky skin. Fold her twice,
but fool her only once.

 

 

It’s Quadrille Monday over at dVerse, and I’m hosting. Bar opens at noon, PST.
Come play! 

 

 


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28 Responses to Origami Dragon Plays Ro Sham Bo

  1. Shawna says:

    “Paper’s all it takes
    to mark that first
    spark” … Goodness, that’s powerful. ~And I will happily stretch my S-park “two,” just for you. 😉

    I LOVE:
    “a quiet un,
    scissored.” … I know that’s what you really meant. And that can go sexy ways, too. 🙂 This fits with that s/ky that follows. 😛

    “Ask her why
    she holds her breath” … This is pretty much a poem unto its own. It reminds me of the first half of a Brian Andreas piece.

    “fool her only
    once” … Ex/cellent ending.

  2. Mish says:

    Oh so clever…the way you incorporated rock, paper and scissors into this.

  3. Love especially the closing lines . that’s made me really re-read it over and over…

  4. Grace says:

    Love the opening lines De ~ This poem sparkle & sparks ~

  5. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Wow, you lit up these 44 words with wisdom & verve; great illustration for your prompt. I love the lines /stretch it to/a quiet un-scissored/sky/.

  6. Ask her why she holds her breath…you do such a powerful job with enjambment, De, making me read and read again. Your work illustrates what that poetic device can do for a poem.

  7. kim881 says:

    Great play on rock, paper, scissors, De! And I love the layout of this quadrille – I had to read it several times and each time I’ve found something new in just 44 words!

  8. Candy says:

    Rock, scissors, paper AND origami – sheer genius!

  9. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    stretch it to a quiet, un-scissored sky.. my god that’s brilliant! ❤️

  10. frankhubeny says:

    An interesting idea of folding her twice but fooling her once.

  11. Your ‘quiet, un-scissored sky’ is so beautiful! :o)

  12. Bodhirose says:

    I too read this over and over…so clever with the origami folding and the rock, paper, scissors game…genius, De!

  13. kaykuala h says:

    she’ll tell you the day
    is too long for all this

    Yes, patience is paramount in working on the origami foldings!

    Hank

  14. thotpurge says:

    Clever! love unscissored sky!

  15. maria says:

    “Ask her why
    she holds her breath..”

    ~I just held my breath here. Deep and clever piece, De! And that closing line is indeed a powerful punch.

  16. Origami games! This is wonderful, De. Love un-scissored sky.

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  18. rosemawrites says:

    “Fold her twice,
    but fool her only once.”

    Bam!! Fierce! Burn!! 😀 😀 😀 Great, quadrille, De! ❤

  19. Bryan Ens says:

    Love that “fold her twice but fool her only once.”

  20. lillian says:

    What a great take on origami! “Fold her twice but fool her only once.” Love everything about this one and most especially this line.

  21. Teresa says:

    Very creative! Love how you’ve found inspiration is something as simple as paper.

  22. I like this a lot! It occurs to me that if she doesn’t hold her breath she’ll go up in flames!

  23. Misky says:

    “rocky skin” – now that’s just inspired.

  24. Truedessa says:

    ha – I like the ending, my grandmother used to say “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me”, why that came to mind I have no clue.

  25. WeLL.. thanks
    for the SpArk
    PArk.. De..
    i reALLy
    needed
    something
    to go with A Fire Work Prompt Now..
    and this will do the trick before a treat..:)

  26. kiwinana says:

    Nice, very true what would we do without paper to start that first spark.

  27. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Lovely spark of life breathed into (and by!) your dragon.

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